Models of Technology Diffusion at Public Universities
Dolores Brzycki, Nancy Yost, Kurt Dudt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
"Preparing Teachers for the Digital Age: Implementing a Dynamic Model of Pedagogical Change" is funded by a PT3 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Three public universities in rural Western Pennsylvania are infusing technology into the pre-service core curriculum and several teacher education programs. Together we place 1500 new teachers per year throughout the U.S. and abroad, guaranteeing that technology diffusion here will have significant impact. The obstacles we face are limited support staff, tight budgets, and faculty with little time for training. Appealing topics, incentives, and convenient formats address the lack of time. Incentives buy small technology items that departments cannot afford. The grant helps overcome the limited number of support staff by funding positions and facilitating peer mentoring. To succeed, it is also imperative to gain the buy-in of critical organizations. These strategies are increasing technology integration in teacher education, as intended in the grant.
Brzycki, D., Yost, N. & Dudt, K. (2001). Models of Technology Diffusion at Public Universities. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1878-1883). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).